Light show on the Egyptian temple

Light show on the Egyptian temple (photo's: Hielco Kuipers)Light show on the Egyptian temple (photo's: Hielco Kuipers)

Starting on 14 November 2017, the history of the National Museum of Antiquities will be brought to life in a dazzling light show projected onto the Egyptian temple in the museum’s central hall. From then on, the four-minute spectacle will be on view every day at 11.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m. (English soundtrack), and 3.30 p.m.¹

¹ These times may vary if circumstances so require.

Light show with music and spoken narrative

The new light show consists of spectacular images, music, and a spoken narrative with highlights from the 200 years of the museum’s existence. The light show will be projected onto the 2,000-year-old Egyptian temple. The spoken story will include a brief account of the temple’s history and its journey to Leiden in the 1970s. The temple itself will appear to burst apart in an eruption of brightly-coloured rays of light and then to be rebuilt, one stone at a time. This sequence will be followed by images of a series of masterpieces from the collection in superb projections.

The Museum’s 200th Anniversary

This light show is just one of many festivities with which the National Museum of Antiquities will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018. The activities will show that the museum is not only 200 years old, but that it has also been throughout those 200 years a museum ‘for now’.

The light show was designed by Mr.Beam Projection Art Studio. Mr.Beam’s designs have been shown worldwide and have garnered several awards.

Thanks to the BankGiro Lottery

The light show was made possible by an additional donation €522,000 from the BankGiro Lottery in 2017. This donation also enabled us to upgrade the Temple’s entire light and sound system. The next sections to be renovated, for 2018, will be the ticket counter and the museum shop. All in all, the museum will be celebrating its anniversary as a renewed multifunctional centre.


2018: Anniversary Year

The National Museum of Antiquities is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018 with a host of events and three major exhibitions:

  • Nineveh (on view until 25 March 2018)
  • A major retrospective exhibition of the museum’s 200-year history, with surprising objects from the museum’s collection that have played a role in this history (spring/summer 2018)
  • Gods of Egypt, with numerous loans from international museums (winter 2018–2019)